Man Faces Trespassing Charges After Being Found Camping on Walt Disney World’s Discovery Island

A man was arrested Thursday after Walt Disney World security discovered that he was camping on Discovery Island, which has been abandoned for over 20 years.

Disney called in Orange County Sheriff's deputies who searched the area on foot, by boat, and by helicopter before finding Richard McGuire, 42. McGuire claimed that he didn't hear deputies call for him using loud speakers because he had been sleeping inside a building on the island.

McGuire said that he had been camping since Monday or Tuesday and that he had planned on staying about a week in the "tropical paradise," which he didn't know was off limits.

In addition to being banned from returning to Walt Disney World property, McGuire was arrested and charged with trespassing.

For more on the history of Discovery Island, check out this classic article from Chuck Mirarchi: Treasure Island / Discovery Island: A Look Back

Source: WKMG News 6/ClickOrlando

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